When William was just 18 months old, he went into heart failure.
It was a shock for his entire family and created uncertainty for William’s future. After countless tests, William was diagnosed with a genetic disorder that causes muscle weakness and heart problems.
Although William’s medical condition took away his ability to play sports like other boys his age, it didn’t stop him from growing his competitive spirit. Once William discovered NBA 2K, a popular basketball videogame, everything changed. Gaming gave him a chance to just be a kid again and NBA 2K became one of William’s favorite past times. His mom says he’s crazy good at it, too!
When William was given the chance to make his most heartfelt wish come true, it didn’t take long for him to decide he wanted a chance to visit 2K headquarters in California.
William’s wish would take him and his family to Northern California. Before his wish day, William and his family spent a day sightseeing in San Francisco. Although seeing the Golden Gate Bridge was fun; for William, nothing would come close to the experience he had on 2K day! His wish had finally arrived.
When William and his family arrived at 2K headquarters, staff welcomed them with open arms. The 2K board of directors held a special meeting just for William. There, he provided his personal feedback on the games while developers took copious notes. He was also able to go through all the processes necessary to be in an NBA 2K game. But he wasn’t just doing it for fun...
William’s wish culminated with him learning that he’ll be the first ever playable non-NBA player to be in an NBA 2K game!
“When we learned about William’s wish to visit 2K, the whole team was thrilled,” said Ronnie Singh, also known as Ronnie 2K. “Learning about his journey was really humbling, and we wanted to find a way to make William’s wish come true in the biggest way possible. We couldn’t think of a better way to do that than bringing his passion to life in-game and giving millions of NBA 2K fans around the world the chance to enjoy William’s player model.”
William had his likeness recreated in incredible detail by 146 cameras, each capturing every grimace and grin, and all to help authentically bring his player model to life.
“Each player does a dance move or a celebration before he gets on the court,” William explained. “So, I got one of those, too. I got to create it.”
“They took what could have been a great wish and took it to a level that we never expected them to,” says William’s mother, Julie. “They treated him–and all of us–like royalty and were so interested in everything William had to offer them. It was absolutely unbelievable.”
William’s wish was life changing. It allowed him and his family to have hope and joy again. “It was so much more than any of us expected!” says Julie. “We saw smiles and felt things we haven’t in a long time.”
Now that William has the strength to fight his disorder, he’s setting his eyes on a new wish to accomplish. He now wants to work for 2K when he grows up!
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